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Old 30 May 2013, 04:14 AM
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Comment: I recently had my daughter tell me that 50 children became sick
after kissing frogs following the release of the Disney movie The Princess
and the Frog. I suspect it is not true, and I have seen an article
refuting it in an Oregon newspaper.
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Old 30 May 2013, 05:43 AM
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Unless it was something like a poison dart (arrow) frog some kids were passing around, I really doubt children got sick. This is based on what I have seen young children put in their mouths without getting sick. Though I have seen adults get sick from watching this.
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Old 30 May 2013, 06:49 AM
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There are a few species of toads that secrete toxins into their skin in the US, most of them seem to be found in the eastern half of the country (here in Oregon, the only native toxic amphibians I'm aware of are newts and salamanders). So I guess it's possible that there could have been a few incidents, but quite honestly given the tendency of some young children to stick whatever they can find into their mouths combined with the normal distribution of toxic amphibians I'd expect that 50 cases per year is roughly normal.
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Old 30 May 2013, 12:02 PM
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The Southern Toad (Anaxyrus terrestris) secretes a mildly toxic fluid that can make a dog ill, but it's rarely if ever fatal. More dangerous is the Giant Toad (Bufo marinus), an exotic species that originated in South America and ranges up into Mexico, but which has become an invasive species in Texas and Florida. Its secretions can be fatal to animals that eat the toads. The Colorado River Toad, also called the Sonora Desert Toad (Bufo alvarius) is large and similarly toxic, but its range is limited to the Colorado River Basin and part of Mexico. I don't know of any toxic frogs native to North America.

There was one toxic Newt in Georgia, but it's out of office now.
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Old 30 May 2013, 12:20 PM
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I remember reading something similar from a news site recently, but of course I can't find it now.
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Old 30 May 2013, 01:30 PM
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Not sick because of toad toxin, but because of salmonella infections, quite common in amphibians.

http://metro.co.uk/2010/02/01/the-pr...ng-film-67331/

http://www.marlerblog.com/case-news/.../#.UadFu5WWfHg

I don't know that the outbreak can be definitively linked to the movie, but there are plenty of anecdotes out there.
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